“Indian Dogs”, whenever we say this phrase, images of dogs of Combai breed or Caravan Hound Breed do pop up in our mind. But many of us don’t know even the major type of breeds that exist in India. Ironically, we are aware of the popular international breeds. It only proves our ignorance. We want everything from our country and its resources but do not want to give anything in return to the society.
Before coming to the real and important issue, let me mention some of the INDIAN DOG BREEDS. They are:
1. Caravan Hound
6. Mudhol Hound
7. Indian Mustiff
8. Rampur Hound
Interestingly, this is only a small number listed here. There are many other breeds and some are yet to be known and require research upon it.
Dogs nowadays, are a status symbol in the society. We can see dogs treated as a member of the family, provided with all the comfort and leisure as given to a child. Unfortunately, these mainly comprise international breeds. The feeling of a puppy brought in the house and nurtured to grow, is the same as a child born and brought up in the family. As a Dog lover, I feel so proud of our society. The human beings have kept the quality of “Being Human” alive. I know those of you who have had a dog or had any kind of relationship with them would understand how special they are. So, I would not discuss about how they are special to us, rather I would like to throw light upon their sufferings.
Writing about such an issue, one interesting quote comes to my mind, “The greatness of any civilization is determined by the way they treat their animals” And sadly, the Indian breeds have not been treated well enough.
Just like a social rift is present in our society in the form of stratification in caste, similar thing has gone through with Indian dogs. We have created a kind of barrier in accepting the Indian dogs as our family members. Being Indians, we are proud of our heritage, our culture, our geography, each and everything. Then why have we left such a diverse and great lineage, our Indian Dogs into suffering? Indian Dog is a kind of breed considered only as a street dog. But I must tell you that they are more than just being a street dog. You will be amazed to know that in the Maratha Army and in many of the different kingdoms, they had special reserved forces of dogs. They used to take part in wars, especially in Guerrilla tactics of warfare. In each civilization they played an immense contribution for uplifting us as Humans.
In return we have only betrayed them. The ancestors of those Indian Dogs would have thought that when human beings will be developed they will recognize the contribution of their breed. They will provide home, will love them and will consider them as a family. Yes, they did provide a home, but on the streets. They loved the other breeds of dogs which suited their status; they provided food which was left over. Indian dogs were not paid sufficiently for their toil. I would also like to highlight the fact that the Indian breed of dog can sustain in one-third of the amount needed to be spent on international breed of dogs in their entire life. They have such an immune system which is highly resistant comparatively. They have high flexibility and good speed. Being so qualified, they are no less than any other skilled person. But their worth has remained unrecognized due to our carelessness and pathetic mindset.
This is just the beginning, I will write an entire article about this issue with facts, figures and the remedies which can be taken. But at this particular point of time, let’s try to change our attitude towards Indian Dogs. They are not street dogs. It’s the atrocities which they have faced due to humans, which has made them street dogs. They also need our love and care.
Don’t shop them. Just adopt them!